Foucault News

News and resources on French thinker Michel Foucault (1926-1984)

Richard Seymour, How postmodernism became the universal scapegoat of the era New Statesman, 24 June 2021 In the slew of rightist culture-war bogeymen, from “cultural Marxism” to “critical race theory”, one of the most surprising candidates for obloquy is postmodernism. In December 2020, the women and equalities minister Liz Truss bewailed “postmodernist philosophy – pioneered …

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Geoff Shullenberger, How We Forgot Foucault, American Affairs, Vol V no.2, Summer 2021 Late last year, British trade minister Liz Truss caused a stir with a speech that pinned the failures of the British education system on “postmodernist philosophy,” which, she said, “puts societal power structures and labels ahead of individuals and their endeavours.” Due …

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Julian Castronovo, Palantir’s Picture of Michel Foucault, or How to “Discipline and Punish” Brooklyn Rail, May 2021 The new all-seeing overlords have read the theory. There is a bewildering photograph in a recent New York Times Magazine article on the controversial and secretive tech company Palantir. The scene is this: four figures appear at the …

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The Repressive Politics of Emotional Intelligence. By Merve Emre, The New Yorker, April 12, 2021 Daniel Goleman’s pop-psychology blockbuster, now twenty-five years old, turned self-control into a corporate management tool. […] It is a vision of personal freedom achieved, paradoxically, through constant self-regulation. “Emotional Intelligence” imagines a world constituted of little more than a series …

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The Public Intellectual Series So Far, Cassandra Voices David Langwallner, November 7 2020 The Public Intellectual Series offers inter-disciplinary journalism, focusing on relevant authors and subject-matters crucial to negotiating our current age of extremes. We avoid specialisation, demystifying topics to provide readers with access to a broad view on contemporary challenges. Our aim is to …

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Problematic statues and ‘race war’ by Blake Smith, Washington Examiner, June 18, 2020 […] What we are in the habit of calling “identity politics,” and particularly political movements based on (somewhat contradictory) appeals to racial solidarity and anti-racism, depend on a “certain way of making historical knowledge work within political struggle.” So argued Foucault in …

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Pandemic Conundrum: To Control Or To Trust? – Analysis, Eurasia Review June 27, 2020 By Yasmine Wong The COVID-19 pandemic has blurred the boundaries between private and public life. Government efforts to discourage socially irresponsible behaviour have emboldened individuals to report, shame, and berate individuals who flout rules. This rise in mutual surveillance erodes trust …

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From Canada to Russia, every government is being selective in releasing coronavirus data Anton Oleinik, The Conversation, Scroll.in Jun 08, 2020 Covid-19 has affected almost every country around the globe. The World Health Organisation has confirmed cases in 216 countries and territories, a total that represents more than 85% of 251 entities recognised by the …

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